WACO, TX- It took less than six hours for a Waco jury to reach a verdict in the case of the Baylor University football player accused of raping a fellow student. Sam Ukwuachu, 22, from Pearland could face up to 20 years in prison for the 2013 rape of a Baylor soccer player who has since transferred to another school.
Statement from Baylor Head Football Coach Art Biles:
"I was contacted by Coach Petersen at Boise State in spring 2013 and he told me he had a player from Texas who needed to get closer to home and that he thought our program would be a good spot for him. I know and respect Coach Petersen and he would never recommend a student-athlete to Baylor that he didn't believe in. In our discussion, he did not disclose that there had been violence toward women, be he did tell me of a rocky relationship with his girlfriend which contributed to his depression. The only disciplinary action I was aware of were team-related issues, insubordination of coaches and missing practice. In addition, I talked with Tony Heath, his high school coach, who gave us a great recommendation. As required with any transfer to Baylor, Boise State acknowledged that he was not suspended due to any institutional disciplinary reasons and further the he was eligible for competition if he chose to return to Boise State."